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Hogan Lovells Partners with Three Universities to Launch Bursary Scheme

19 March 2015

LONDON, 20 March 2015 - Aspiring lawyers across the country could be in line to receive a life-changing bursary to support their studies, thanks to the launch of the new Hogan Lovells Bursary Scheme.

The scheme, which has been launched in partnership with London School of Economics (LSE), University of York and Durham University, will give over £150,000 worth of funding to undergraduate law students over the next three to five years.

The Hogan Lovells Bursary Scheme demonstrates the firm's pioneering commitment to widening access to the legal profession and ultimately recruiting from a more diverse talent pool. The firm was one of the first to respond to Alan Milburn's 2009 Panel on Fair Access to the Professions report, when it launched its pioneering Ladder to Law programme. The programme gives students from less privileged backgrounds in Years 10, 11 and 12 an insight into the legal profession, inspires them to consider a career in law and demonstrates how it can be possible for them  to achieve.

Louise Lamb, Hogan Lovells Graduate Recruitment Partner, said:
"Bursaries are the wings that let excellence take flight and we are pleased to be supporting promising law students who, without additional financial support, may find the prospect of studying law daunting.  As an organisation we're committed to fairness and inclusivity and want to play a part in enabling talented individuals, from less advantaged backgrounds, to have the opportunity to reach their potential. The profession will benefit from these initiatives by generating a wider and more diverse talent pool from which to select our future lawyers."

On behalf of LSE Law, Head of Department, Professor Emily Jackson, commented:
We are very excited about our partnership with Hogan Lovells and we are grateful to them for their generous commitment to this bursary  scheme, which is intended to widen participation to both legal education and the legal profession.”

Professor Roger Masterman, Head of School, Durham Law School, at Durham University, commented:
"This funding will help talented students, who might otherwise have to find a great deal of paid-work to supplement their education, dedicate more time to their studies and increase their chances of gaining access to the profession. It is a life-changing amount and will make a huge difference to their lives."

Professor Caroline Hunter, Head of York Law School, added:
"Hogan Lovells Scholars will be students who have the greatest potential to make the most of their York Law degree, regardless of where they went to school or their circumstances.  This support will provide the financial boost they need so that they can take advantage of opportunities at York to develop skills and experience necessary for a successful graduate career."

For more information about the firm's other diversity initiatives, please click here.

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